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1 Day Workshops

How Social Communication Skills Impact Reading Comprehension and Written Expression – Virtual Summer Institute 2020


  • Type: One-day virtual workshop
  • Duration: On the date and time listed in the course information section
  • Attendance: Live online meetings at the beginning and end of the day, as well as independent, asynchronous online work in between these meetings
  • Platform: Zoom and Canvas. Login credentials emailed the day before the course begins



This workshop will examine how social communication (pragmatic language) skills extend beyond face-to-face interactions. Participants will explore specific features of reading comprehension and written expression that require social communication proficiency. Additionally, social cognition will be discussed as a critical element to reading and writing. Particular attention will be placed on classroom strategies to support students with language-based learning disabilities. Connections will be made to remote learning environments.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • explain how social communication and social cognition are represented in reading and writing assignments
  • describe potential challenges that students with social communication difficulties might face in completing reading and writing assignments
  • describe effective strategies to improve social communication skills within the domains of reading and writing


This course is appropriate for educators, school psychologists, adjustment counselors, and speech-language pathologists working with students in grades K-12.



All necessary materials will be shared electronically.

Course Information

5 Hours
Dates/Time Price
July 20, 2020
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Linda Gross

Linda is a certified speech-language pathologist who has been practicing since 1988. Throughout her career, she has worked in clinical and public school settings evaluating and treating individuals with a variety of communication disorders. Linda joined Landmark High School as the expressive language program director in 1994, transitioning into a consultation role in this program from 2003-2016. Linda has also been a Landmark Outreach Program faculty member since 1996, consulting to private and public schools, as well as teaching face-to-face and online graduate-level courses. Her expertise is in child and adolescent language disorders with a particular focus on social communication skills.

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